How to Create an NFT: A Step-by-Step Guide
Written by  Daisie Team
Published on 6 min read


  1. Set up a wallet
  2. Buy Ether
  3. Choose an NFT marketplace
  4. Connect your wallet to the marketplace
  5. Upload your artwork or asset
  6. Set your sale parameters
  7. List your NFT for sale
  8. Promote your NFT

If you've been following the buzz around digital art, you've probably heard of NFTs — a new way for artists to sell their work online. You might be wondering how to create an NFT of your own. Well, you're in the right place. This step-by-step guide will walk you through the process of creating an NFT, from setting up your wallet to listing it for sale. Let's dive in!

Set up a wallet

The first step in creating your NFT is setting up a digital wallet. This is similar to a bank account, but for your digital currency. Most NFTs use a cryptocurrency called Ether, so you'll need a wallet that supports it.

There are several wallets you can choose from, such as MetaMask, Trust Wallet, or Coinbase Wallet. When you pick one, you'll need to create an account. Remember to write down your account's private key — it's like your password, and you'll need it to access your wallet.

Once you've set up your wallet, you're ready to move on to the next step: buying some Ether. Don't worry, we'll guide you through it. You'll see, learning how to create an NFT is easier than you might think!

Buy Ether

Now that you have a digital wallet, the next step in creating an NFT is to fill it with some Ether, the currency most commonly used in the NFT marketplace. You might think of it as buying tokens at a fair to ride the Ferris wheel: you exchange your regular money for a special currency that's used in that specific environment.

Most digital wallets will guide you through the process of purchasing Ether. It's not much different than online shopping. Select the amount you want to buy, add it to your cart, and check out. Voila! You've got Ether.

Here's an important note: the price of Ether changes frequently, similar to how stocks fluctuate. So don't be surprised if the amount you pay for Ether today is different than what it costs tomorrow. But don't let that distract you from your goal of learning how to create an NFT. We're just getting started!

Choose an NFT marketplace

Now that we have a wallet filled with Ether, it's time to choose a marketplace. This is where you'll be able to turn your digital art or asset into an NFT. Think of it as the online gallery or auction house where you'll display your work.

There are many NFT marketplaces out there. Some of the biggest names you'll hear are OpenSea, Rarible, and Mintable. Each of these marketplaces has its own unique features and communities, much like how every mall has different stores and shoppers. So, take some time to explore and find the one that feels right for you.

Remember, the marketplace you choose will play a big role in how you create your NFT. So, choose wisely, and soon enough, you'll be on your way to creating your very own NFT.

Connect your wallet to the marketplace

With your marketplace chosen, it's time to connect your wallet. This step is kind of like linking your bank account to an online store. It's what allows you to make transactions—buying, selling, and yes, creating NFTs.

Connecting your wallet is relatively straightforward. Most marketplaces have a "Connect Wallet" button prominently displayed on their homepage. Click on this, and you'll be asked to log into your wallet. Enter the details you used when setting up your wallet, and voila! You're connected.

Don't worry if it seems too simple—it's meant to be. The beauty of blockchain technology is that it allows for seamless, secure transactions. So, you can focus on what's really important: figuring out how to create an NFT that's as unique as you are.

Upload your artwork or asset

Now that your wallet is connected to the marketplace, the next step is uploading your asset. This can be any form of digital media—artwork, music, a video, or even a tweet. Yes, you heard that right, even a 140-character thought can be an NFT!

Most marketplaces make this process pretty simple. Look for a button or link that says "Create" or "Mint". Clicking on this will usually bring up a form where you can upload your file and provide details about your NFT. This can include its name, a description, and any other details that you think are important.

Remember, this is your NFT, so make it personal. The details you provide here will help potential buyers understand what your NFT is about and why it's special.

Once you've filled in all the details, hit the "Create" or "Mint" button, and your asset will be uploaded. It's that easy! You're now one step closer to understanding how to create an NFT.

Set your sale parameters

With your NFT uploaded, it's time to set the terms of the sale. This is a crucial step in the process of creating an NFT, as it determines how much you'll earn from the sale.

The first thing you'll need to decide is the price. Some people choose to set a high price for their NFTs, while others prefer to start low and let the market decide. If you're unsure, take a look at similar NFTs on the marketplace to get a sense of what they're selling for.

Another important decision is whether to sell your NFT at a fixed price or to auction it. Auctions can be a great way to drive up the price, especially if there's a lot of interest in your NFT. However, they can also be risky—if there isn't much interest, your NFT could end up selling for less than you hoped.

Lastly, you'll need to decide whether to sell your NFT outright or to retain some rights to it. For example, some artists choose to retain a percentage of any future sales of their NFTs. This can be a good way to benefit from the increased value of your work over time.

These are just a few of the decisions you'll need to make when setting your sale parameters. Remember, there's no one-size-fits-all approach—the best strategy will depend on your specific NFT and your personal goals.

List your NFT for sale

So, you've set your sale parameters? Great! Now let's get that NFT of yours listed for sale. Think of it like putting a "For Sale" sign on a car you're trying to sell—you're letting the world know that your NFT is available for purchase.

You'll do this on the NFT marketplace you chose earlier. Each marketplace has its own process for listing NFTs, but generally, it's as simple as clicking a button that says "List for sale" or something similar.

When you click that button, you'll be asked to confirm the sale parameters you set earlier, such as the price and any rights you're retaining. You'll also need to pay a small fee (known as a "gas fee") to list your NFT. This fee compensates the people who maintain the blockchain, the technology that makes NFTs possible.

Once you've confirmed everything and paid the fee, your NFT will be listed for sale. Congratulations! You've just taken a big step in the process of creating an NFT. But don't kick back and relax just yet—there's still more to do if you want to increase your chances of making a sale.

Promote your NFT

Alright, so your NFT is now up for sale on the marketplace. But here's the thing: there are thousands, maybe even millions, of NFTs out there. So how do you make sure potential buyers find and fall in love with yours? In one word: Promotion.

Start by sharing the news about your NFT on social media. Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Reddit—go wherever your potential buyers hang out. Remember, you're not just selling an NFT; you're telling a story. So, share the inspiration behind your artwork or asset. Let people know why it's special. This adds value to your NFT and makes it more appealing to buyers.

Next, consider teaming up with influencers or well-known figures in the NFT space. They can help spread the word about your NFT to their followers. Just make sure you're partnering with someone who aligns with your values and style.

Lastly, don't forget about SEO (Search Engine Optimization). This is about making sure that when someone googles "how to buy an NFT," your artwork shows up in the results. Use keywords related to your NFT in your social media posts and descriptions. This might seem small, but it can make a big difference.

Remember, promoting an NFT is like running a marathon. It takes time and patience. But if you keep at it, before long, you'll start seeing the results of your hard work.

If you're excited about creating your own NFTs and want to learn more about the process, don't miss the workshop 'Sell Your Creations As NFTs' by Tom Glendinning. This workshop will provide you with all the information you need to successfully sell your creations as NFTs and make the most of this growing trend in the art world.